Chill out with thrilling waterslides, natural springs, indoor fun and more ways to stay cool.


Make a splash this summer with full-featured resort pools, state of the art waterparks, and more frosty fun you’ll only find in Orlando. Whether you prefer to relax poolside, plunge down towering waterslides, or explore the great indoors, here are 10 unbeatable ways to chill out in Orlando.

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Water Parks

A family on the Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Universal's Volcano Bay.
Universal Volcano Bay, Part of Universal Orlando Resort

Immerse yourself in an aquatic wonderland at Orlando’s incredible water parks. Discover wild wakes at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, part of Walt Disney World® Resort. Aquatica® Orlando boasts Florida’s most immersive water slide, while Discovery Cove® offers an all-inclusive experience with adventures mild and wild.

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You can also hurtle up a waterslide on the only aqua coaster in Orlando at Universal Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. Can’t get enough? Build your own LEGO® raft at LEGOLAND® Water Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, discover high-tech fun at Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, or hit the road for a splashing day trip to Adventure Island in nearby Tampa. No matter what you choose, you’re in for a good time.

Please note: Orlando’s water parks are subject to temporary closures. Please check your favorite parks’ current status ahead of your visit.

Frosty Treats

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Sampaguita Ice Cream

Whether you’re visiting the theme parks or exploring our vibrant neighborhoods, nothing hits the spot like a sweet, ice-cold treat. Cool off with one-of-a-kind flavors at Sampaguita Ice Cream, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Salt & Straw and more, or spice things up with boozy popsicles and Biggie Shakes from JoJo’s ShakeBAR Orlando. Throw in hand-rolled Thai ice cream, boba tea, affogato and more creamy treats for delicious, handcrafted fun throughout the destination.

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Don’t forget the Mickey bars! Orlando’s theme parks are always shaking things up and offering a new spin on classic treats, like the new Butterbeer™ Ice Lolly at Universal Orlando Resort or the Tropical Serenade float, which combines flavors of coconut, pineapple, orange and guava at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Cool Pools

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Hilton Orlando

Dive into Orlando’s coolest hotel pools, many of which boast lazy rivers, water slides, splash zones and interactive water features. Some even have full-blown waterparks, amenity-packed cabanas and poolside service for endless summer fun. Relax — or make a splash — in style.

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Splash Pads

Siblings walking across a splash pad at Universal CityWalk Orlando
Have a Splashing Good Time in Orlando

Let the good times flow with kid-friendly splash pads throughout Orlando, from interactive play areas at our theme parks and hotels to community splash pads in our enchanting neighborhoods. Little ones can jump in “muddy puddles” at Peppa Pig Theme Park, part of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, or splash and play their way through Shrek’s Swamp for Little Ogres at Universal Studios Florida, Rubber Duckie Water Works at SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Land™, DUPLO® Splash & Play at LEGOLAND® Florida, or Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom® Park.

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Additional splash-tastic options include Gator Gully Splash Park at Gatorland, the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and dozens more at our amenity-packed resorts and hotels.

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Water Rides

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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Orlando’s water parks aren’t the only places with water rides. You’ll find more water-enhanced options in our theme parks, plus aquatic adventures aplenty in the great outdoors. See Orlando’s wild side on a guided airboat tour with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, or Wild Florida, or take a Scenic Boat Tour of historic Winter Park for a milder getaway.

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Cool off in the theme parks with super-soaking options like Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is set to open at Magic Kingdom in June 2024. Additional options include Jurassic Park River Adventure, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal Islands of Adventure, Infinity Falls® and Journey to Atlantis® at SeaWorld® Orlando, Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and the Battle of Bricksburg and AQUAZONE® Wave Racers at LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park.

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Natural Springs

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Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Swim, snorkel and paddle through crystal clear springs throughout Central Florida, like Wekiwa Springs State Park, Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, and Rock Springs Run State Reserve at Kelly Park, all located within one hour of Orlando.

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Along with underwater fun, these stunning natural attractions also offer land activities like hiking, birding and cycling. See it all in style with a guided expedition from Crystal River Watersports, Discovery Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Epic Paddle Adventures, Get Up and Go Kayaking, Gray Line of Orlando, King’s Landing, Otter Paddle Orlando or Real Florida Adventures.

Boat Rentals

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Sailing Orlando

Chart a course for fun with private boat rentals and self-piloted tours through Florida’s beautiful lakes and waterways. For starters, you can learn to sail with Sailing Orlando, cruise through the picturesque Seven Seas Lagoon on a private boat rental from Walt Disney World® Marinas, or steer your own catamaran through cypress groves and wetlands with Catboat Escapes. If you want something a little wilder, you can even rent jet skis throughout the destination and stir up some fun on the water.

Aquatic Adventure Parks

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Nona Adventure Park

For a more extreme take on watersports, head to aquatic action parks like Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona, where you can wakeboard, kneeboard and conquer slippery obstacles at an enormous inflatable aqua park. More fun options include Orlando Watersports Complex near Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Buena Vista Watersports near Walt Disney World, both of which offer motorized boat rentals and more exhilarating ways to make a splash.

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Ice-Cold Drinks

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ICEBAR Orlando

At ICEBAR Orlando, drinks aren’t just served over ice. They’re served inside an ice cave, which remains a frosty 22 degrees all year long and features over 70 tons of hand-carved ice. Don your winter coat — included with admission — and grab an ice-cold drink at one of the most unique bars in Orlando.

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While not literally freezing, there are countless other Orlando nightspots and restaurants that serve cool summer cocktails. Just head to Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World, Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando, International Drive (including ICON Park® and Pointe Orlando), Restaurant Row, downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and the rest of our charming neighborhoods for the latest offerings.

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Indoor Fun

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SEA LIFE Aquarium on International Drive

Orlando has something for everyone, including indoor attractions for thrilling fun away from the sun. Get a bird’s-eye view of Orlando aboard a fully air-conditioned capsule at The Orlando Eye by Merlin Entertainments, shop till you drop at Orlando’s awesome malls, or marvel at Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. With groundbreaking attractions, indoor action parks, museums, escape rooms, performing arts centers and more, there’s no wrong way to cool down in Orlando.


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